DA MacDonald opts for bespoke step frame from Andover Trailers

Scottish construction contractor DA MacDonald, has taken delivery of a bespoke tri-axle step frame from Andover Trailers, having been impressed with the OEM’s ability to tailor the build to its specific requirements.

The bespoke beavertail step frame has a gross weight of 56 tonnes, making it suited to carrying the range of heavy construction plant DA MacDonald transports to civil engineering projects across Scotland.

The step frame replaces a similar competitor trailer and joins a varied commercial vehicle fleet, which includes a range of plant bodies, tippers and heavy plant. Specified with 17.5-inch wheels on BPW axles, with additional rear-lifting axle capability, the new trailer also includes multiple safety features, from slide-out wide load marker boards to strobes, safety lights and LED lighting for safer operation at night.

Andover Trailers’ beavertail design includes two 3.8m x 1m flip toe ramps with hydraulic sliding width adjustment, alongside 18 pairs of swivel, screw and fixed lashing points along the deck and low-profile neck, all designed to help accommodate a wide range of loads.

The trailer will be pulled by D.A. MacDonald’s new Scania V8 R50 tractor unit and is expected to cover around 50,000 miles annually, staying in operation for at least eight years.

Chris Stewart, health, safety environment and quality manager at D.A. MacDonald, said: “We looked at a range of manufacturers for the new trailer and were certainly aware of Andover’s formidable reputation for build quality. One of the biggest contributing factors, however, was that they don’t simply sell trailers ‘off the shelf’, they gave us the flexibility to spec it exactly to our needs.

“We’re delighted with how the trailer has been performing so far, and we have no doubt that it will more than last the distance. That said, we do like to run a smart fleet, so if it needs to be replaced before then, we will certainly be looking to work with Andover Trailers again.”

Dan Parton
Dan Parton
Dan Parton is a former editor of Truck & Driver, the UK’s biggest selling truck magazine. He is now writes for The Van Expert and The Truck Expert.

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